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Genus: Kertomichthys, Snake-eels


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elongate (depth 3.3% TL); tail 56% TL, tip blunt
eyes near snout tip
D origin well behind pectorals
snout: short, depressed, club-shaped, overhanging
mouth long
jaw teeth: 2 rows, outer row = fangs; vomer 2 rows small teeth
pectorals large, narrow base

KERTOMICHTHYS

SNAKE-EELS

Moderately elongate (body depth 3.3% TL), cylindrical at front, compressed behind; tail 56% TL; head 12% of TL; snout short, depressed, club-shaped (thickest at front), overhanging; eye well developed, near tip of snout; front nostril a short tube; rear nostril at edge of lip, covered with a flap; mouth elongate; lips without barbels; teeth conical, pointed, in 2 rows on jaws, outer row larger, fang-like, & more widely spaced; vomer with small teeth, mainly in 2 rows; gill opening a crescent; dorsal fin origin well behind pectoral fins; pectorals well developed, base opposite top half of gill opening; tail tip blunt, no fin.

A west Atlantic genus with one species.